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What Is Heavenly Bamboo?


Picture of heavenly bamboo. As the photo shows, heavenly bamboo has trifoliate leaves.

Picture of heavenly bamboo.

David Beaulieu
Question: What Is Heavenly Bamboo?
This plant is another bamboo-impostor....

"Heavenly bamboo" is simply a nickname for nandina (Nandina domestica). Nandina is an evergreen shrub in planting zones 6-10 and reaches about 8 feet in height (although dwarf nandinas do exist).

Its stems resemble bamboo (thus the nickname), but it is not a true bamboo. Nandina produces white or pinkish blossoms that occur in terminal clusters. During the fall, so-called "heavenly bamboo" displays red fall foliage; in winter, it bears red berries. This attractive specimen can sometimes be an invasive plant outside its native range (East Asia).

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